(c. 1825 - 1862)
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 9th Alabama Infantry
A 37 year old married farmer in Pigeon Creek, AL, he enlisted on 20 August 1862 at Greenville as Private, Company G, 9th Alabama Infantry, as a substitute for J.L. Files.
On the Campaign
He was mortally wounded by a gunshot in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862, and was captured.
The rest of the War
He was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 26 September but died there of tetanus from his wound on 30 September 1862. He was originally buried "on west side of, and in the [Mt. Olivet] cemetery at Frederick" and probably reinterred at Hagerstown in about 1874.
References & notes
Burial information from Pruett,1, as William S. Legrist, Co. B, 3rd South Carolina. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List,2 as William S. Legrest. His service, probably correct name, and other details from the State of Alabama,3 which says he was killed outright at Sharpsburg. Segrest is a more common spelling among 19th Century Alabama families. His stones at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frederick are on Findagrave, also as Legrest, and he may still be buried there.
c. 1825 in AL
09/30/1862; Frederick, MD; burial in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD
1 Pruett, Samuel, and Poffenberger & Good, Greg Farino and Western Maryland Regional Library (WMRL), Washington Confederate Cemetery, possible burials, Hagerstown (MD): WHILBR, 2010 [AotW citation 4805]
2 National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <http://www.civilwarmed.org/explore/primary-sources/databases/frederickpatient/>, Source page: patient #400 [AotW citation 25764]
3 State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <http://www.archives.state.al.us/civilwar/index.cfm>, Source page: /civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=180068 [AotW citation 25765]